Radiculopathy is a term that is used to describe pain caused by an irritated, inflamed, or compressed nerve connected to the spinal column. This is sometimes referred to as radicular nerve pain, or just radicular pain. Because there are a few conditions that cause radiculopathy, the treatment will be centered around what the problem is. Radiculopathy caused by nerve compression in the cervical, or upper, part of the spine will present with symptoms that are felt in the shoulder or arms. Symptoms of a compression in the lumbar, or lower, spine nerves will be felt in the legs. Common symptoms of either location are tingling, discomfort or pain.